Many of us are familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of a double chin. Perhaps you have noticed chin fullness in your recent video chats or Instagram pics. Know that you are not alone. This submental fullness, as it’s called, is very common. Some people are genetically predisposed to excess chin fat, while other people develop it as they get older or as a result of weight gain. Whatever the cause, we can certainly understand wanting to rid yourself of it for good. Chin liposuction is an effective procedure for restoring a defined, taut neck and chin contour.
Experienced Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Miller is happy to help you decide if this procedure is right for you. To arrange a consultation to discuss your options, please call our staff at 714-379-9777.
What is Chin Liposuction?
This surgical procedure removes excess fat from below the chin. During chin liposuction, fat is broken apart and then suctioned away. There are various ways to address excess skin and fat on the chin, with liposuction being one of them. Note that liposuction alone cannot remove sagging skin, only excess fat. Therefore, the best candidates for this type of procedure have good skin elasticity, which means the skin will adjust to the slimmer contour of the neck and chin after surgery.
Is Chin Liposuction Different From Traditional Lipo?
There are many different liposuction techniques. The basic idea is the same: fat is prepared for removal, and then suctioned out of the treatment area using surgical instruments called cannulas. In this way, chin liposuction is not different from a traditional liposuction procedure. It may be a different treatment area than was traditionally performed at the historical outset of liposuction, but chin lipo is quite common these days.
Your chin procedure will be completed with tumescent liposuction. Tumescent fluid is injected into the treatment area. The fluid contains lidocaine to numb the area and epinephrine to prevent excessive bleeding. Tumescent fluid also causes the fat to become swollen and firm, which makes the removal of it more efficient.
Who is a Candidate for Chin Liposuction?
You may be a good candidate for chin lipo if you are:
- In generally good physical health
- Committed to maintaining a stable body weight
- Prepared with reasonable expectations of what the procedure can and cannot achieve
- Unhappy with excess chin fat or a double chin
- Interested in achieving a better defined neck, chin, and jaw contour
- Ready to learn about and understand all of the risks and benefits
Dr. Miller has been performing liposuction for many years and is passionate about helping people rejuvenate their faces and bodies. He will work with you to find the right procedure or combination of treatments to address the chin characteristics you want to change.
Is Chin Liposuction Painful?
The surgery itself is not painful because you will be anesthetized for it. Local anesthesia is most often all that is necessary for chin lipo. You will be awake but relaxed and numb to the procedure. The lidocaine in the tumescent fluid provides a numbing sensation that will last for several hours after the procedure.
After the surgery, you should expect soreness and postoperative discomfort. These issues are mild for most patients. If your pain is more severe, it can be dealt with by using the pain medication prescribed to you by Dr. Miller. The soreness and discomfort will likely be at their peak 1-2 days after the procedure, and it will get better and better every day after that.
We provide aftercare instructions to reduce pain and swelling. You should ice the area as instructed by our team. Keeping the head elevated will prevent swelling. You may even want to consider sleeping in a reclining chair with your head at a 30 degree angle from the floor.
What Results Should I Expect?
Your chin will be tighter and smoother once the swelling has subsided and the skin has adjusted to the new contour. This may take several weeks.
What is Recovery Like From Chin Liposuction?
Recovery from chin liposuction is relatively fast, painless, and easy. It is a small treatment area and only the most minimal circular incisions are made, so healing often occurs rapidly, over the course of 2-3 weeks altogether. You will need to wear bandages around the chin and head for a couple days, so some people prefer to take that time off from work. It is possible to return to work after a few days, although many people prefer to take a week to rest and relax, and to let the swelling subside. You will need to take time off from strenuous exercise as well. You should be able to resume light cardio after 1-2 weeks, but strenuous exercise like weight training may need to be delayed for 2-4 weeks depending on the circumstances.
Are There Side Effects to Chin Lipo?
Side effects are rare but possible. They may include:
- Temporary numbness
- Improper wound healing
- Contour irregularities
There may be other side effects to consider particular to any existing health conditions or other issues. Dr. Miller and our team will fully review the risks and benefits with you so you can make an informed decision.
Take the Next Step
If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for chin liposuction, please call the Huntington Beach, CA, cosmetic surgery practice of Dr. Anthony Miller at 714-379-9777. Our team looks forward to answering your questions and arranging your consultation with Dr. Miller.